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The rise took the province to 1,705 active cases – also a new record.
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Provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry also reported one new death, bringing British Columbia’s total to 210.
An additional 2,949 people were reported to be isolated due to potential exposure.
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Henry noted that several cases had been reported in schools in British Columbia, “as expected”, but no “outbreak” had been recorded in schools.
She said the province has also developed a new “made in British Columbia” test for young people that no longer involves a nasal swab.
“It’s a new saline gargle… you spin it around a bit and then spit it out into a little tube,” she said. “It’s an easier way to collect it for young people.”
The test will be available at COVID-19 assessment centers and can be administered by parents rather than health workers, she added.
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The only positive aspect of Thursday’s statistics was a slight decrease in hospital cases, with 57 patients compared to 60 to 22 in intensive or critical care.
However, the province has reported two new health care-related outbreaks, one at Delta Hospital and one at Peace Arch Hospital.
Almost 75% of the 7,663 cases in British Columbia have recovered.
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